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Make Your Own Wax Crayons – by Recycling Your Old Ones

Date: April 27, 2016 Author: Bumpkins Team Categories: Learning Through Play, Things to make and do

Use old, broken crayons to make your own crayons

Make Your Own Wax Crayons

Broken crayons can be a trauma for parents everywhere; we are sure that you will identify with it!

The thin ones snap in little hands (you know the ones, the kind that you get for free when you visit a restaurant!); pieces break off and embed into the carpet, or, at best, the crayons languish in the bottom of the toy box gathering dust.

This is a super idea to recycle all those old, broken pieces to make your own new wax crayons.


Simply break up your old crayons into small pieces and fill the holes of a silicon baking mould or old silicon cake cases.

We would recommend keeping the same or similar colours together –  otherwise you will end up with new crayons in varying shades of sludge brown.

However you could try experimenting by mixing yellow and red, blue and yellow or red and blue for some colour mixing.


You can be creative here with some fun shaped silicon moulds, but remember that little hands will be holding the new crayons, so some shapes will work better than others.


Bake the moulds in the oven at Gas mark 6 or 200c for 15 minutes or until the wax has melted.


Once they have cooled, pop your new wax crayons out of the moulds – and get creative!


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Use old, broken crayons to make your own crayons